TDSAT sounds death knell for paging companies

6 May 2005

India’s dwindling paging industry came a step closer to complete extinction this week when the Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) refused an appeal for financial help by the country’s remaining paging operators. The operators, whose total subscriber base now numbers only a few thousand, had asked for licence fees to be waived and retrospective fees to be refunded, claiming that market conditions showed bias towards cellular operators, which are allowed to offer text-based (SMS) services without an additional licence fee. The TDSAT ruled that advancements in messaging technology were in the interests of consumers and that the paging companies had already received sufficient subsidies.